Daryl Nelson is a contributing writer for TheDrop.FM. He has written for ConsumerAffairs.com, Readers Digest, Polymagazine, The Urban Post, Impose Magazine, Crumbs for Men Magazine and a number of other publications. Nelson was born in New York, raised in Connecticut and attended Virginia State University.
Black Dave, ‘Black Bart’ – Mixtape Review
The pairing of skateboarding and hip-hop culture could be a good combination, as artists like Pharrell and Lupe Fiasco have proven before. And recently, New York rapper Black Dave has used this mix to build a pretty respectable fan base around the U.S.
Gucci Mane, ‘Diary of a Trap God’ – Album Review
If you’ve been keeping track recently, Gucci Mane has been releasing a lot of music, as he debuted a three-volume mixtape just last month. Now with his new album, ‘Diary of a Trap God,’ he gives fans even more music and pulls in producers Zaytoven, Mike WiLL Made it, DJ Mustard and others.
Curren$y & Young Roddy, ‘Bales’ – Mixtape Review
Some might say that New Orleans rapper Curren$y is one of those unique artists that have one foot in the underground and the other foot in the mainstream. And with his own rap collective and record label, Jet Life, which is under the Warner Bros. Records umbrella, Curren$y has been able to release a series of mixtapes and other projects since 2009, constantly wining over new fans.
Lil Reese, ‘Supa Savage’ – Mixtape Review
If you listen to Lil Reese's latest release 'Supa Savage,' it's clear to see that drill-music isn't going away any time soon. In fact, over the past year and a half or so it's become an official subgenre within hip-hop.
Project Pat, ‘Cheez N Dope 2′ – Mixtape Review
Since the year 2000, Project Pat has been putting in work, being one of the first artists out of the Memphis hip-hop scene to break nationally. And now 13 years later, he releases 'Cheez N Dope 2,' put together by a string of producers like Drumma Boy, Ricky Racks, Gotti, Crazy Mike and Lil Awree.
Hell Rell, ‘The Meyer Lansky Project’ – Mixtape Review
In 2013, if you want to stand out as a rapper, you have to be able to do more than just rap. It may sound ironic but it's true. If you're able to put together a few verses and can achieve some decent wordplay, that's just the start, because a countless number of people can do the same -- so you'll have to bring something else to the table. And that's where ex-Dip Set member Hell Rell and his lates
Audio Push, ‘Come As You Are’ – Mixtape Review
When it comes to releasing a mixtape, there are usually two kinds of artists: one that drops a tape just to stay relevant and the other is one that actually crafts a complete piece of work-- just like he's making an album. After listening to Audio Push's latest tape, 'Come As You Are,' it's clear to hear which group of artists the California duo belongs to...
Caskey, ‘The Transient Classics’ – Mixtape Review
There's no doubt that Orlando rapper Caskey used his latest mixtape, 'The Transient Classics,' to document a very specific time in his life -- being signed to YMCMB. Featuring artists like Machine Gun Kelly, Trae Tha Truth and Kyle DenMean, and mostly produced by fellow Floridians the Avengerz, 'The Transient Classics' also displays Caskey's unique combination of sharp wordplay, lurid street tales
Yo Gotti, ‘Nov 19th’ – Mixtape Review
Since his first independent album, 'From Da Dope Game 2 Da Rap Game,' released in 2000, Yo Gotti has been a busy guy, releasing a series of mixtapes and a pretty well-received album in the way of 'Live from the Kitchen.' Now with his latest tape, 'Nov 19th,' which signifies the release date of his next full-length album, 'I Am,' the Memphis rapper is clearly looking to wet pallets and give listene
Rapsody, ‘She Got Game’ – Mixtape Review
To a lot of folks, North Carolina MC Rapsody is a breath of fresh air due to her skilled wordplay, detailed storytelling and overall charisma on the mic. And on her latest mixtape, 'She Got Game,' she has a chance to satisfy existing fans and pull in new ones, as it's chock-full of impressive writing and decent production from the likes of DJ Premiere, Khrysis, Ka$h, Denaun Porter and Rapsody's la